Piloting New Approaches - PROVINCE OF MAZOVIA (POLAND)

 

We believe that local communities are at the heart of creating welcoming environments in which newcomers can settle and thrive. Under the SHARE SIRA project, our 10 selected pilot actions will run during 10 months and put communities at the centre of innovative activities and initiatives to support the social orientation and early integration needs of newcomers living in rural areas. They will touch upon a wide range of themes and approaches including: access to banking services, access to mental and reproductive health, access to the labour market, mentorship, entrepreneurship, language acquisition, and intercultural exchanges with the local community through sports, cultural activities, outings, gastronomy and farming.


 

The pilot action selected in Masovia, Poland is implemented by  EduNowa Foundation for Bilingualism in cooperation with the Piaseczno Women Initiative and Piaseczno Commune.

 

                     

 

 

Pilot Action: Piaseczno welcomes you!

Location: Piaseczno commune

 

The aim of the pilot is to develop an effective model of support for integration within the local community. It will benefit 20 women living in Piaseczno. The pilot action aims to provide them with a set of skills in order to operate in a new society and gain independence, as well as reduce their social isolation and promote the integration of the whole family.

Activities 

  • Polish and Polish culture and civilization classes ​
  • Festive intercultural meetings​
  • Integration trips​
  • Open hours​ with a psychologist
  • Visits at the gynecologist​
  • Meetings with a lawyer, a representative of the commune office and a career counselor ​
  • Development of information materials for students from Piaseczno's schools ​
  • Meetings  in schools in Piaseczno commune​ with migrants

 

Through these activities, the women will improve their Polish skills and understanding of the culture and history ; they will gain better access to reliable medical care ; ​they will increase their knowledge on  their rights, as well as how to deal with administrative procedures on their own.​ Moreover, primary and secondary school students will learn about the challenges related to migration, as well as the situation of newly arrived migrants in Poland.​

The project provides an opportunity to raise awareness and build a bridge between the newly arrived migrants and the local community. It is of outmost importance due to the current situation at the Poland-Belarus border. ​

 

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The foundation for Billingualism EduNowa was established in 2019. Their activities focus on founding and supporting initiatives that help to maintain or restore knowledge of the Polish language outside of Poland, and to develop the skills to communicate in Polish and function in Polish society. Their main activities include organizing and conducting Polish language classes for adults and children; conducting trainings for Polish language teachers, both in Poland and abroad; developing methodological materials (guides, lesson scenarios and others); participation of Management Board members in the work of the competition "To be a Pole"; and co-organization of the Knowledge about Poland competition in Lutsk (Ukraine) for students of Polish studies and students learning Polish as a foreign language at Ukrainian universities. ​

 

The Piaseczno Women Initiative based in Piaseczno, was created by combining two women's initiatives that have been operating for several years in the Piaseczno commune: the informal group of female residents "Piaseczno Women Initiative" - organizer of the Black Umbrellas Women's Strike - and the "Right next to it" Association, operating since July 2005. Since spring 2019, they have been operating under the name of the Piaseczno Women Initiative. They act locally, creating links between women, mothers and neighbours through joint integration trips, meetings and concerts. They also organise trainings, exhibitions and conferences.  Their mobilization led to the creation of the Women's Council in the municipality of Piaseczno, on the basis of the results of surveys conducted among residents on the needs of women living in Piaseczno, including migrant women. ​